Mental: FOX TV Show Cancelled, No Season Two

Mental canceledAfter a disappointing run last summer, FOX has quietly cancelled their Mental TV series.

Mental follows the work of an unorthodox psychiatrist who becomes the Director of Mental Health at a fictional Los Angeles hospital. Created by Dan LeVine and co-executive produced by his sister, Deborah Joy LeVine, the series stars Chris Vance, Annabella Sciorra, Derek Webster, Jacqueline McKenzie, Marisa Ramirez, Nicholas Gonzalez, Warren Kole, and Edwin Hodge.

The series debuted in late May with 5.8 million viewers and a 2.1/5 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. Those numbers put the series in third place for the timeslot. The numbers fell significantly after that, and episodes sometimes attracted less than half of the viewers as the premiere.

Some of the Mental castmembers have already moved on to other TV projects. Vance has had a recurring role on USA’s Burn Notice.

Webster has been cast in an ABC drama pilot called Edgar Floats. He’ll reportedly be playing the therapist of the main character who’s a former police psychologist turned bounty hunter.

Meanwhile, Kole has been cast in a new CW pilot called Nomads, about four young friends who are backpacking across the world. To earn money, they agree to do secret missions for the CIA and Kole will play their handler.

What do you think? Are you sorry to hear that Mental won’t be back for season two?

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  1. Lisa says

    Very disappointed. Loved the show. Nice to see mental illness treated openly and honestly and with no prejudice. Loved the techniques used. Real psychiatrists should have been watching and learning a thing or two. Nice while it lasted. Bring it back!!!!

  2. Carol Moyer says

    I have been waiting and watching for Mental to come back. I enjoyed the show tremendously and am very disappointed it isn’t coming back.

  3. says

    I LOVED Mental!!! You should be cancelling that inane drivel called,” The Mentalist” & bring back the show that taught viewers something, rather than treating us like 4th graders! (No offense, 4th graders!)

  4. Joan says

    Too bad….not often does TV respect the the mental health community. A lot of important truths were incorporated into the stories. The series advocated for a population that seldom gets beyond portrayls of “funny” and “quirky”. Maybe too much truth is not wanted!

  5. Javonni says

    I have been waiting for this show to return for so long. i am very disapointed that it was cancelled. They left me on an high cliff hanging at the end of season one.

  6. AmyDMB says

    Really? That stinks! I loved the show Mental, Dr. Jack Gallagher was great!
    If you change your minds, I will spread the word, I work in the Mental Health field and it was great to have hollywood’s take on psychiatric disabilities.
    Please bring the show back or at least, Dr. Gallagher!!!

  7. MB says

    I too really hate to see that Mental is not returning. It was a good thing, to have a show that didn’t demonize the mentally ill for a change. I wonder if it just hit too close to home for a lot of folks who have some prejudice against mentally ill people–or maybe too many of us, deep in our hearts, are afraid we might become those people.

    Thanks for the show anyway. Maybe someday, another producer will be brave enough to try this plot line again.

  8. Jessica McCready says

    I for one am very very very sAddened that it’s cancelled! It was no lie my all time favorite show! And I watch a lot of TV. I think that if fox like asked us what we think… They would get a different answer because i think a lot of people love it. It made me think about possibly wanting to be a phyciastrist when I got older and I may never know now… Because I’ll never see it again! :'(((( I am sad. U should be ashamed fox!!!

  9. Julie says

    I am extremely disappointed. Mental was the only show I kept track of last year, and I was truly looking forward to watching it this summer.

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